Autumn – the year’s last, loveliest smile.
Months on the road: seven
Months in Canada: four
Monthly Travel Round Up: #7
Books read: Gemma – Marching Powder (Bolivian prison system aka a nice hotel…) // Craig: The God Complex (a fictional Rothschild family story)
Best film / TV: The Martian *MATT DAMON*
Music: Gemma – Camel Power Club Sputnik – Fisher // Craig – Los Porcos – Sunshine
We’re rolling into our second month of city life. Kitsilano is an ideal neighbourhood to live in; there is nature everywhere and the beach is on our doorstep. Turns out the beach isn’t the only thing on our door step. Our new friend, Lee from West Trek Tours, lives one street over from our apartment so we often hang about at his pad with his dog, Reno. Some of the best views of the skyline can be seen from West 7th – insider tip for you! The leaves are starting to turn for fall, a great time of year to be living in Vancouver. I’ve been in Toronto so two nights will be added to this overall total for a private room in a hostel. Accommodation is super expensive in Canada.
Total: $1400 / £700 ( + £45 for hostel room for 2 nights)
Lots of pounding the mean streets by foot, walking and running. I’ve been following a few 5K routes in order to shift some of this travel weight gain. We’ve taken lots of buses, the beauty of the bus serves is that for $2.75 you get a ticket which is in use for 90 minutes so you can nip to the hairdressers and back for £1.38. Vancouver is changing their zone restrictions. Currently you need to pay $4 for two zones but as of October 5th you can travel between zones for the one zone charge. Which other city decreases the price of travel?! A flight to Toronto (£342) hikes up this bracket for us this month. Did you know that the flight takes just over four hours and covers 2085 miles? This country is massive. Thanks to Tourism Toronto for the transit passes to use in TDOT, this helped keep costs down for this poor blogger.
Total: $110 / £55 (+ $684 / £342 Toronto flight)
Lots of home cooked meals, unfortunately for Craig, I have been the head chef. I’ve been off junk for the past week, it’s amazing / terrifying how good you feel after reducing the crap for seven days. What is in that stuff? Craig will 100% be eating a take away this weekend to feed his hangover. I’ve had a couple of nice meals out, most notably G for Gelato in Toronto), so many good food options in that city!
Total: $1660 / £830
Naturally there have been a few trips to the boozer, the off licence for house parties at Lee’s pad and one trip to the bar for a Friday blow out (the bill was $120, waaaa!) We had a heavy three days of partying in the Rockies too. I’m dreading seeing this total…
Total: $406 / £203
Bar the epic trip to the Canadian Rockies we’ve not done much as a couple. As mentioned, I went to Toronto to meet my best friend, Helen, leaving Craigers to fend for himself. Helen and I visited the world famous Niagara Falls, courtesy of Tinggly Experiences. I’ve also been on a few walking tours around Van with my new friend, Madeleine. I love walking tours, such a great way to get your bearings and tap into local knowledge. Oh, we took a trip to Granville Island Bridge go watch the Super Blood Moon, a first for me! Space geek Craig said it was awesome!
Total: $236 / £118
LUXURY / MISCELLANEOUS
Craig told me not to worry about spending in Toronto, LOL! He had been out for lunch time pints. Apart from replenishing make up, I’ve not spent much. I bought $45 worth of thrift shop threads but that updated my wardrobe with twelve new items! Craig hasn’t had to do any shopping because he brought his whole wardrobe with him, and I am not exaggerating. Craig bought a speaker and we both had much needed haircuts.
Total: $448 / £224
West Trek Tours (and now are really good friends)
Tourism Vancouver (rollerskating around Stanley Park for our third anniversary)
More on Toronto next month!
Overall: $3818 / £1909
Weekly: $890 / £445 per week
Daily Average: $127 / £64 (South American budget was £45)
Where have you blown your budget?